MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 8

Term 4, Week 8, 4th December 2020
Sista Smash Cricket Day
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Kia Ora tatou – Greetings to you all

Getting close to the end!
The term continues apace – and next week is our final learning week for 2020; and we all know what kind of a year it has been for us all, so there is no need for me to go into great detail here… however I do want to end this week on a really positive note – some of which is what we have understood from 2020 as a whole.

The take home points for me are:
        Out of adversity and challenge comes
  • great things; 
  • great learning; 
  • great experiences; 
  • new challenges
  • new triumphs
  • quick resolutions to “challenging” problems
  • strategic thinking dedicated to “challenging” problems that lead to effective resolutions
  • the work of many dedicated to a united goal(s) is essential in times of challenge
  • the success for us all rests on the shoulders of us all
  • it is “exciting” when we can see the challenges met “head on” which help to shape our future
  • the amazing qualities of tenacity, persistence, kindness, “stopping to think”, wondering, …
  • and many more
And out of all this we know that there is a “cost”, and impact on our energy, relationships, etc – however in terms of going forward – the enduring learning is that incredible things arise from a platform of challenge.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all our whanau, parents, grandparents, cousins, community members for your incredible support this year, when we have been “under the pump” – it has been humbling and overwhelmingly supportive. 

Who knows where 2021 will be taking us, but we will be able to draw on our experiences from 2020 to help guide us through anything that may arise.

Next week is our final school week and we are all looking forward to the summer break.

Kia kaha
Kia manawanui

John Wright
Primary Years
Over this last term, our primary students in Years 3-6 have been working on their e-Market Day. In the past few years this is an event that our students have worked on in Term 4, culminating in a day that they are able to sell their wares. In 2020, we needed to rethink our business model and make it "Covid" proof, as we did not want to complete all the work and then have no one to share our products with. So we went online!

This was the process our classes undertook:
  • They researched products and worked out the productions costs
  • They submitted a business plan that detailed who their potential customers were, the projected profit, and essentially asked for a loan from the Primary School to enable the products to be made.
  • Prototypes were made, photographed and put on our Market Day Website (Please note, orders are now closed!)
  • People began ordering the products and classes formulated their production plans to ensure they were going to be able to get them all made, ready for delivery on December 4th.
We have been so impressed with the quality of the products and the attention to detail the children have put into their business plans. Every year we are getting better and better at this!

So where does the profit go? Profits are held in the Primary Youth Leadership Trust, which we are then able to access for a variety of things. In the past we have used these funds to to help us pay for:
  • The Dr Seuss Books we present to our Year 6s at the end of the Year
  • Shows
  • Felts and crafty things
  • Extra sports gear
We are currently eyeing up new taller basketball hoops and more gardening equipment for 2021.
We would like to say a big thank you to all of those people who supported our Market Day. 

Ngā mihi,

Anne-Maree McDougall

Mercury Bay Area School
Deputy Principal (Primary Years)
BoT Election - Results
Seaside Carnival - Update
The Seaside Carnival committee is on the hunt for amazing volunteers to help out at the Carnival and sell raffle tickets in the lead up to the event! If you can volunteer your time please fill out the Google Form to let us know your day/time you can volunteer. 

Or, if you can donate any prizes to our quick fire raffles, please drop them off to Karin/SJ in the front office as soon as possible. 

Remember, all funds that are raised go straight back to our kura :)
Friday Flash Mob!!
Primary were treated to a 'Flash Mob' performance by M5 today, they have been practising an African Dance which they then performed to a receptive crowd of primary students and staff. Well done!
Y1-2 - Athletics Day
Our new entrants, year 1 and 2 Athletics day was a colourful event with so many  enthusiastic little people who loved running so much that they all ran their races twice!! 

The children all came out in house colours and enjoyed littlies highjump, long jump, sack races, track events & field games.

Buffalo was the winner on the day. 

This was the last event of our school sports events and all will be revealed at the middle school and primary Prizegiving of overall house winner for 2020. 
Room 21 - Foundation Class
Room 21 have set up an End of Year/Christmas activity advent calendar in their classroom.

They will open a number each day to see what activity they will do. There is a mixture of drama, art, maths, writing and reading activities.

What will today’s be?!

Day 1, Roll a story to perform for the class.
After a practice, the children then performed for the class.

Day 2, Design a Christmas Stocking.
We will finish these off with some cotton balls later in the week but they are looking amazing so far.
Room 18 - Food Pyramid
Room 18 spent time discussing food, they talked about which foods are good for you and that should be eaten lots of everyday.
Room 22 - Market Day
Market Day Prep nearly complete for Room 22, it all looks amazing!
Room 23 - Christmas Fun
Hannah the Elf has arrived in the class. Causing a bit of mischief. She is looking out for kindness and good behaviour over the next few days at school. Room 23 are very puzzled as to how she got here and made Christmas music play while no one was in the room.
M2 - Honeybizz
M2 recently won the Honeybizz competition and they had a wonderful day with a visit from the Honey Team, learning all about hives, honey making and bee suits.
M5 - Market Day Art
A few of M5's marvelous handmade greeting cards for Market Day.
M8 - New Skills
M8 are learning how to use a sewing machine. They have planned and designed a template/pattern for a Christmas decoration. There’s lots of maths and technology, but the trickiest part was co-ordinating the needle placement, lowering the foot, using the reverse button, while applying just the right amount of pressure on the pedal. Mrs Lidgard told them it was just like driving a car!
PY Music Studio Recording
Pictured is Masen Schlaepfer peforming a fantastic original composition based around the Journey of a professional rugby player starting grass roots and moving through to playing for the All Blacks.

Well done Masen!
Y7 Masterchef Madness
Years 7 Masterchef students demonstrated motivation, self management , organisation, creativity and a little chaos executing their dishes for the competition. Thanks to Mrs Fotheringham for logistics getting them there.
Y9 Waikawau Camp
A big Thank You to Hot Water Beach lifeguards, Taimania, Ava and Carter. Also to Jazz McCleery and Zoe Smith for all their support.
Ukulele Performance
Charli McDougall, Sam Ribet, Maria Davenhill, Isaiah Johnston and Victor Stanley all performed a wonderful concert at Hula Cafe last night to an enthralled crowd.

The ukulele pieces ranged from Coolio's 'Gangster's Paradise' to Billie Eilish's 'idontwannabeyouanymore' and even the spanish stylings of Chick Corea's 'Spain'.

The entertainment was well recieved with future events marked on the calendar for next year term 1.

A huge thank you to all the dedicated students, tutors and their supportive families, and a special thank you to Gabe and Rachel from Hula Cafe for hosting the event and always offering their space to Mercury Bay Area School performances
Sports News
TVP Athletics - Correction
A correction to last weeks TVP Athletics results:

11 Year old girls 800m - 3rd place - Mackenzie Boyd
Sista Smash Cricket
38 teams all dressed in pink from all over the Thames Valley got together for a festival day of cricket.  Sista smash is all about learning the game in a fun festival environment with great music and colour and  with the key to building females interest and engagement in cricket.
MB Junior Rugby
Thanks to Mercury Bay Junior Rugby for your kind donation of a set of uniforms for our Junior Touch and Rippa rugby teams. We truly appreciate them and will wear them with pride. 
Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute and Vocal Lessons 2021
Just a reminder that enrolments for next year's flute, saxophone, clarinet and vocal lessons are now open! Please sign up your young musician or singer if you haven't already done so - you will need to do this even if they have already been taking lessons at MBAS this year.

Vocal lessons:

Clarinet, saxophone and flute:
Health and Wellbeing
Well-being Whispers
A weekly parenting tip or quote provided by the Rangimarie well-being team.
Notes from the Nurse

Sunburn from UV radiation is inconvenient, looks stupid and gets in the way of having fun this summer. Be SunSmart, protect your skin when you are outside. Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.

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Community Notices
Mercury Bay Library

Mercury Bay Library Lego Club
Every Tuesday
Cleaning Work Available
Motel Cleaning - Flexible hours
Approx 10-20 hours per week
Call Fred on 866 5607 or 0272 437 138
Chasing Mercury Bay Art Workshops
Whitianga Touch Club
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